NCC Ready to Showcase Locations at LeBreton Flats Attractions


Two plots are the subject of the CCN’s request for expression of interest, which is scheduled for release on Wednesday.

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The National Capital Commission is launching a new process on Wednesday to determine which major attractions should be built on LeBreton Flats, hoping to attract experienced and credible candidates to pitch their visions.

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People have spoken of an aquarium, museum, gallery, Ferris wheel and, of course, a National Hockey League caliber arena as the perfect event center for the plains. LeBreton refitted.

Now, the NCC is asking the development teams with the chops to complete a major project to make their pitches.

“It’s a process meant to open a door, not scare people,” said Katie Paris, director of the LeBreton Flats project at the NCC.

“There are a lot of things that we don’t yet have in Ottawa that we think could be very well located at LeBreton Flats.

The last time a major event center was part of the discussion on LeBreton Flats was when the Ottawa Senators and Trinity Developments were granted preferred status to build a new arena and mixed-use development. on the site. The falling out between the two companies sent the NCC back to the drawing board.

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Since then, the NCC has resumed planning work for the LeBreton Flats under the leadership of CEO Tobi Nussbaum and has decided to take a phased approach to develop the huge federal property.

Armed with a master plan for LeBreton Flats, the NCC is ready to see what amenities can anchor the site and give developers in future phases an idea of ​​how to adapt their plans to suit the new community in use. mixed.

Two plots are the subject of the CCN’s request for expression of interest, which is scheduled for release on Wednesday.

The largest 6.3-acre site is east of Bayview Station, between City Center Avenue and Preston Street. Another 1.2 acre site sits in the heart of the LeBreton Flats in the Aqueduct District, described as a “cultural hub” and “entertainment district” as part of the larger redevelopment.

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Paris says it’s a real exercise in blue skies with few parameters.

“We want someone to have the capacity and the ability to implement the vision,” Paris said, “but, if you’re an innovator, if you’re someone with a big idea, well you End up on a team with a bunch of people who have done these things, so we have to see your ability as a team for your big idea.

Paris says the proposals should first respond to what the NCC spelled out in the LeBreton Flats Concept Plan. The agency has developed strategies around parks and the public domain, mobility, sustainability, culture and housing. He is also working on a partnership strategy with the Algonquin Nation.

An April 21 file photo of LeBreton Flats.
An April 21 file photo of LeBreton Flats. Photo by Jean Levac /Postmedia

The expression of interest request is fairly basic, asking applicants to describe their experience and ability to bring their visions to fruition and provide a letter from a financial institution confirming their credit information.

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The land deal would likely be a long-term lease, but the price has not been determined and there is no financial target, Paris said. These figures would be determined through negotiations.

Groups submitting proposals can include drawings of what they have in mind.

An internal NCC committee will evaluate the proposals. They will be scored out of 50 points: 30 points awarded for the concept of development and operation and 20 points for experience.

While Paris says the LeBreton Flats master plan was based on public consultation, the NCC has no plans to launch the proposals publicly after the February submission deadline.

The NCC has an alternative development option in its back pocket if it doesn’t like any of the proposals for the big attraction plot. The alternative option would simply be to extend the mixed-use development to the west of the site. Paris says the success of the entire LeBreton Flats redevelopment does not depend on the main attraction.

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The LeBreton Flats attraction sorting is the next step in the larger redevelopment, which began on the east side of Booth Street on a 1.1 hectare parcel of land adjacent to the future Super Library. Three mixed-use development proposals are being evaluated for this site.

The NCC is also building new trails at LeBreton Flats connecting Bayview Station, Pimisi Station and the Ottawa River Trail.

The call for expressions of interest for major attraction sites will end on February 28, 2022, with reviews taking place in March and April.

There would still be due diligence conducted by the NCC and negotiations with a leading group.

Paris couldn’t say when the ground would be open for the attractions.

“Trying to predict this is probably not accurate. It really depends on the idea and the willingness of the partner to launch this idea and whatever grows and pulls in the industry where they come from,” said Paris, but she stressed that the NCC would not go through the process.

“We don’t let grass grow under our feet. We’re going to get things done in a clip.

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